Category Archives: Music

Selva, D O M A. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

The deep rumble that accompanies lightning, the sense of other worlds colliding and the universe breaking in half, these are age old fears that we used to put the blame on the gods, that without reason to doubt the obvious, that nature is full on Heavy Metal when she is holding onto a grudge, when she wants to teach us a lesson.  The best thing we can do in such circumstances, when the rumble gets close, is to lay back, drink in the atmosphere and let the music she provides wage war with serenity and to embrace the gentle.

Yvonne Lyon, Metanoia. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

At times you cannot help but be drawn to a line from an old poet. A song will come on the radio, an album will be played and through the airwaves and dominating speakers, sage old advice from down the centuries will be remembered, thought of and mused upon. It gathers together the issues faced and suggests without any hint of irony in the invisible, disembodied voice in your mind, that Time has a funny way of repeating itself; the words might be modern, however the sentiment and message remains the same.

Red Pine Timber Company, Sorry For The Good Times. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

It is when you start apologising for everything that ever was, even the good things in life, the shared moments of joy, passion and adventure, that you realise it was all that you could do to keep the song alive, to let it be heard with sincerity and damn those with grace who encourage you to feel inferior and flawed; for those that made you feel Sorry For The Good Times.

Salt House, Undersong. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

It seems strange to think in a modern context that the power of empathy is in danger perhaps, not of extinction but being carelessly tossed aside as if it were a paper bag caught in an updraft and destined to fight it out with the plastic in the sea. Compassion is there in the world but somehow understanding has been replaced in some quarters by the bullying tactic of rhetoric, of tough talk and sanctions, of bluster, wind and fury.

Black Veil Brides, Vale. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 7/10

A story of two parts, two halves, a fearsome volcano that boils under the surface of the Earth awaiting the time to erupt and yet in which understands that patience is the key to have maximum effect on the landscape below. That green valley, the farmed dale, the perfect idyll in which lover’s court and nature is silent and prosperous; all taken out in the act of constant planetary renewal, the veil lifted and the bride to be kissed before enjoying the sound of Black Veil Brides.

TC&I, Great Aspirations. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

It is almost the contradiction of Charles Dickens’ erstwhile narrative hero Philip Pirrip, instead of great expectations, there is instead situated at the heart of TC&I’S four track E.P. Great Aspirations, a more honest approach to the English language, a modern dialect in the hands of two musicians with vision, who by all rights would have been crowned kings of their world.

Dan Patlansky, Perfection Kills. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

At least in the field and expression of Art, the chase for flawlessness is sincere, for at least in the bright lights, the darkest shadows and the fullness of representation is at its most positive, it has the want to be great, not for its own sake, but to spread joy, satisfaction and contemplation of the idea at hand, the concept as a belief; for everything else, politics, love, life, relationships, the way we talk, the way we act, it is an illusion and Perfection Kills.

Kid Andersen, The Dreamer. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

 

Without dreamers there is no progress, without The Dreamer there is no call back to celebrate and reflect upon a time of Blues which has largely since disappeared as the new century has dawned and allowed the genre to tackle the issues that faced it as the 1980s and 90s came to an end. To take such a positive and courageous step and reinforcing what made the Blues so special to millions of fans is a privilege that must not be abused, but one that should see the artist flourish under the scrutiny that is sure to come.

Rick Springfield, The King Snake. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

They say in the land of Rock ‘N’ Roll you have to change lanes once in a while, that you have to put the hazards on, put the foot down and get off the freeway, let the Interstate be a distant memory and occasionally speed along the back roads, kicking up dust and kick down the doors of the roadhouses, order a beer or two, follow it up with indiscretion and listen to the conversation on your shoulders between any angel passing by and big Ol’ Red. In the land of Rock ‘N’ Roll you got to put on the radio, tune in to The King Snake and relax in the heart of The King Snake.

The Bad Flowers, Starting Gun. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Pink Floyd got it spot on in their 1973 song Time from their opus Dark Side of the Moon, we miss the noise of the Starting Gun and find we have no one to blame but ourselves for the missed opportunities and the chance to rock the world with our energy.